He received the prize for his untitled work, which shows some European people watching a group of Middle Eastern refugees drowning in an aquarium.
This work also brought Pakdel first prize in the Charge Category dedicated to works with journalistic themes.
Winners were announced during the opening ceremony of the exhibition, which will run until October 8.
Pakdel’s fellow artists, Nasrin Abdosheykhi and Mojtaba Heidarpanah, were also honored at the exhibition. Abdosheykhi won the first prize in the caricature category while Heidarpanah received an honorable mention.
In addition, Brazilian artist Ronaldo Cunha Dias received first prize in the cartoon section and Uzbek cartoonist Mohammad Ali Khoshkam won first prize in comic strips section.
Photo: This untitled cartoon by Alireza Pakdel won the grand prix trophy Zelio Gold at the 43rd International Exhibition of Piracicaba Humor in Brazil.